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Sports Minister says the Super Eagles would have a new coach in two weeks

Apr 22, 2024 | Sports | 0 comments

The Nigerian Minister of Sports, Senator John Enoh, has reassured football fans that the senior men’s national team, the Super Eagles, will have a new coach within the next one or two weeks. Since Jose Peseiro’s contract expired after the Africa Cup of Nations in February, the team has yet to have a substantive coach. Finidi George, an assistant to Peseiro, coached the team in the last two friendly matches against Ghana and Mali.

In an exclusive interview on Channels Television’s Sports Tonight, Senator Enoh emphasized that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) would soon name a permanent coach for the team, stating, “The first responsibility of getting a coach lies with the NFF, and I have been in touch with the NFF because I think Nigerians didn’t expect that after AFCON and after the contract with coach Peseiro came to an end and wasn’t renewed, that it will take as long and not have a coach yet.”

He further added, “But NFF is conscious and mindful that our next qualifiers in June, what I can assure is that in the next one or two weeks at the most that the senior national team will have a new coach.”

The Super Eagles did not qualify for the last World Cup and have started the 2026 World Cup qualifiers on a poor note, drawing with Lesotho and Zimbabwe. Senator Enoh stressed that Nigeria cannot afford to miss out on another World Cup, stating, “I think we have not had a tremendous start, it’s a shaky one, and therefore there is a mileage to cover given that we didn’t go for the last World Cup. We cannot afford not to go for the next and therefore everything needs to be done.”

He emphasized the importance of consolidating the team’s performance, especially after the Africa Cup of Nations, saying, “Coming after AFCON and coming after we have had a tremendous show somewhat, I think everybody expects that we should be able to consolidate on that and take it from there.”

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